Graduate Supervisor Institute

The Memorial University-Athabasca University Graduate Supervisor Institute (GSI) consists of 10 sessions offered from November to August each academic year. Each session covers a topic area relevant to graduate supervisors, and provides an opportunity to informally meet, ask questions, and discuss issues and best practices in graduate student supervision. Where possible, sessions may also include guest subject matter experts from within and outside Memorial University and Athabasca University.

Program eligibility

GSI participants must be employed as contractual or permanent faculty at either Memorial University or Athabasca University to be eligible. Participants must regsiter for each session they plan to attend.


The GSI is designed to provide training and support for both new and experienced faculty supervisors. It is offered both in synchronous and asynchronous forms. The schedule for the synchronous sessions for 2021-2022 are noted below. Memorial University and Athabasca University will issue a certificate of completion for participants who attend and participate in at least 5 of the 10 synchronous workshops.

How to participate

To enroll in the GSI, Memorial University or Athabasca University faculty can register for the first module no later than 10:00 am NDT time on November 24, 2021. Faculty who register will receive an e-mail with connection details. If you do not receive connection details after registering please check your junk e-mail folder.

Program Schedule*

Date, Time and Registration Details Module Session Leader
November 24, 2021:  12:00 pm NDT
Hybrid and Remote Supervision for Graduate Students:  Connection, Technology and Being Human Dr. Meghan Burchell (MUN)
December 15, 2021:  12:00 pm NDT
Facilitating Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellbeing:  An Illustrated Guide Dr. Lisa Moores (MUN)
January 19, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Career Skills and Graduate Student Development Julie Bowering (MUN)
February 16, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Performance and Motivation Dr. Debra Hoven (AU)
March 16, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Managing Bumps in the Road (not recorded - synchronous only) Dr. Christina Bottaro (MUN)
April 20, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Managing Co-Supervisor Relationships Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei (MUN)
May 18, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Navigating Graduate Student Milestones Dr. Jeff Vallance (AU)
June 15, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Leading Students to Increased Success in National Research Funding Competitions Dr. Kelley Bromley-Britts and Dr. Natalia Barykina (MUN)
July 20, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Managing Graduate Paperwork and Reporting Dr. Meghan Burchell (MUN)
August 17, 2022:  12:00 pm NDT
Knowledge Mobilization:  Integration and Impact MacKinley Darlington (AU)

*Please note topics and timing of sessions may change depending on availability of moderators and/or guest speakers. This website will be updated regularly. While the university operates remotely all session materials will be housed in BrightSpace and the session will be delivered live NLT via WebEx.